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Swallow the Air : Black Australian Writing - Tara June Winch

Swallow the Air

Black Australian Writing

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2006
ISBN: 9780702235214
Number Of Pages: 216

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Winner of the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers

When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong. In this startling debut, Tara June Winch uses a fresh voice and unforgettable imagery to share her vision of growing up on society's fringes.

Swallow the Air is the story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together.

Pulls no punches


HSC Text Unusual style - manages to convey images and emotions in a precise, but descriptive, manner Great book for HSC "discovery"



Deeply moving but school analysis ruined it


If it weren't for school examinations trying to validate our interpretations through subjective means, perhaps a masterpiece like Swallow the Air could have been enjoyed.



Swallow the Air

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ISBN: 9780702235214
ISBN-10: 0702235210
Series: Black Australian Writing
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 13.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1